At the age of 33, Oliver is a licensed trainer for both flat and national hunt, having trained point to point for 6 seasons and now is in his 3rd season with a full license. Oliver previously gained a vast amount of experience in the racing industry, not least five years employment at Mick Easterby’s yard and a short spell with Sir Mark Prescott.
During his time as a jockey he won the Men’s National Point-to-Point Championship in 2007/8 when he recorded a record 56 winners in points and is a past Amateur Jockey’s Association title holder under rules were he rode a total of 78 winners and 42 in one season.
He retired from race riding on the last day of 2014/15 point to point season at Umberleigh with a winner on his last ride He has had plenty of success in the point to point field including a fantastic treble at Bangor on Dee and getting beat a neck in the Aintree Foxhunters with Cool Friend.
Oliver is fortunate to have an experienced hard working and enthusiastic team to support him:
Josh joined the yard in 2016 having spent 3 years as assistant to Dan Skelton and before that as pupil assistant to Victor Dartnall. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from his time in racing. He was with Dan Skelton from the start so is very used to the setting up stage and will be a very valuable help. He was also a successful amateur and so is a huge help day to today schooling and riding work as well as helping Oliver communicating with owners and race planning. Josh is coming into his fifth season with us and will soon be doing his trainers course and will soon joining Oliver on a dual licence and as we grow this should help us continue to progress.
Dan has been at the yard for over six years now having worked at the yard for a few years during school holidays and weekends. He is a key part of the team on the yard, at the races and doing a fantastic job updating social media, the website and giving the owners a weekly update. He has previously spent 2 months in Newmarket at Sir Mark Prescotts which will have opened his eyes to a different environment and has brought the skills he picked up there back the Stockton Hall. He has completed his NVQ 3 in Race Horse Care Management.
Jo joined the team in October 2016 from Donald McCains, she already has completed her NVQ level 3. Jo is extremely capable on the yard and a good rider as well as being travelling head girl and goes racing regularly. She turns the horses out beautifully and is great with the owners - It’s great to have her part of the team.
Ed joined the yard having previously worked at Victor Dartnall’s and Dan Skelton’s. Oliver added “He rides with a huge amount of confidence and I really love the way he rides. His North West Area Title in 2014 was very much deserved. He is a great asset to the yard and it is fantastic that he will be staying to school and ride work.
Cai has previously been with local trainers including Donald McCain and Gary Hamner. He is a great addition to the yard having previously held a conditional jockeys’ licence whilst with Donald. He is a great asset riding work and schooling and will continue to ride in Point to Points. He now is coming on full time and will be looking after owners at the races as well as having a senior role on the yard.
Kerry joined our team in March 2018 after graduating from Northern Racing School, she has a good attitude towards work and rides well and has integrated into the team well. She has already taken on plenty of responsibility and will continue to go racing where she does a great job and turns out her horses extremely well. Kerry is also assistant travelling head girl now.
Lauren did a stint with us before going to the British Racing school in January 2019 for the 9 weeks course and came straight back to Stockton Hall as a full time member of staff and is a good part of the team.
Ross joined the team in October 2017 as the conditional jockey and has ridden 6 winners for us and will continue to get more rides for the yard. He is a great asset at home schooling and riding work and is very friendly and pleasant to have about.
Lydia also has previous experience in racing having worked at Ed De Giles and Donald Mccain and has slotted well into our daily routine and is good around the horses and has brought plenty to the team. Lydia has had a summer at Tom Dascombes which would have been a great experience and will be riding work a lot more when she returns.
Steve is the head yard man here at Stockton Hall and has been for a while now and is a massive part of the team and has been for many years and has very few days off!
Toby started full time in 2019 at Stockton Hall after riding out on Weekends and school holidays for a couple of years. He had plenty of success pony racing and was riding really well in point to points last year. He had 2 rides under rules last season in hunter chases and was successful on both occasions so it was certainly a good start and we will hopefully get him more opportunities this season.
Leighann has been working for us since 2019 and is a great member of the team. She works alongside Steve on the yard and is very good with the horses and a great asset to the yard.